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Young and in Love: Challenging the Unnecessary Delay of Marriage [Kindle Edition]

Ted Cunningham
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Book Description

What if We’ve Got This Purity Thing All Wrong?

In Young and In Love, pastor, author, and speaker Ted Cunningham boldly argues that young love should be celebrated, even promoted. Early marriages can be God’s will and often provide the key to sexual purity. With this in mind, Cunningham shares the secrets to a successful early marriage with those in their late teens and early twenties who are in love.
This book suits anyone experiencing young love who struggles with naysayers who dismiss or hinder a God-designed relationship. It also addresses young adults who struggle with the teachings of other popular books on abstinence or on delaying dating or marriage. And it offers parents and pastors who feel concerned about a relationship a source of wise counsel that carefully prepares young adults for a godly marriage.

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About the Author

Pastor Ted Cunningham founded Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, Missouri, where he lives with his wife and two children. A graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary, he coauthored several books with Dr. Gary Smalley including The Language of Sex and Great Parents, Lousy Lovers.

Product Details

  • File Size: 388 KB
  • Print Length: 224 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook (June 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MT8QYQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #506,133 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Young and in Love June 29, 2011
Maybe "I do" is better than "Just don't."

Pastor Ted Cunningham was taught as many of us where. Sex is dirty. Don't do it. Save it for the one you love. But it didn't work--most singles had sex outside of marriage. And now, cohabitating and unmarried sex is even more common, even expected among singles.

In a rebuttal against "I Kissed Dating Goodbye" (embracing courtship) Cunningham says, "Kiss it hello. Date!" If a girl is dating another man, ask her out anyway. Dating isn't the same as marriage. And if your parents/friends/pastor say "You just think you're in love or you're too young to get married" then marry anyway. Marriage is the answer to staying sexually pure.

A godly relationship is hard when you fall in love at a young age. Few offer support. Many doubt. And they claim "You're not ready." Cunningham says "Wait no more. Get Married!"

YOUNG AND IN LOVE packs a punch with a lot of humor and wit. This was a great read, and it validates young love, giving the couple in the relationship the tools to make a wise commitment and challenging them not to delay what God is knitting together.

I'm not sure how I feel about this book. If I had read this book as a nineteen year old in love with the one I thought was Mr. Right, I would have been all for it. Yahoo! Someone's on my side! I did marry at twenty-two, but a different man than I dated at nineteen. And as a mature adult with twenty-five years of marriage under my belt, I wonder--would I still be married if I'd married when I was nineteen? His parents broke us up--he was too young. I seriously doubt I would have been able to handle his family--or that man--long enough for a lasting marriage.

Now, as a parent myself, I have an eighteen year old and a twenty year old.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Young and in Loved IT! June 15, 2011
By Donyes
You can agree or disagree with Ted Cunningham, but it is a must that if you're single or dating to read this book! I personally couldn't agree with Ted more. I swallowed this book up in two plane flights. The content is real, thought provoking, and spot on. I would even encourage parents who have sons and daughters in dating relationships to read this book. He does an excellent job in presenting some real issues (that might be hard to accept) but supports all his points with Scripture. And I loved the fox alerts! What are the fox alerts? Read the book and you'll see! People who wrestle with young marriages do so because they are seeing the epidemic of prolonged adolescence in our culture. Delaying marriage is only delaying growing up even more. Well done Ted Cunningham. Way to call it how it is!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Should be recommended for counselors and pastors June 21, 2011
Glad to see a pastor go out on a limb and challenge the well-meaning adults who discourage young men and women from marrying until the course of their lives are set. Courting or dating with the purpose of marriage in mind is so far from young peoples' thoughts. Ted accurately describes how many young adult men are unbiblically continuing their adolescence into their thirties with video games, ipods, and the like, living in their parents' basements without a care, and not seeing the problem. Ted challenges these young adults to put away their toys, "man up" and get in the real world of making a living, marrying their girlfriends, and taking care of their families. Though we didn't marry very young (20 and 26), we can see how "growing up" together has so many benefits that most older couples don't get to experience. Following God's plan for marriage and following Ted's "Fox Alerts" will help ensure the best footing for a healthy life with your spouse. An easy read and funny - always a plus!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Every parent and young adult should read this June 25, 2011
I will say on the first page I wondered where this book was going. I am not for reckless dating and sudden marriage. However, this is not the purpose of this book at all - far from it. In fact Ted Cunningham is questioning the current status quo of marriageable age. Should one wait until all is perfect in life - the job, career, a house, school? Or should one pursue love and life together?

I married directly out of High School at the young age of 18. After 14 years of marriage 5 pregnancies and 4 healthy children and one on the way I can say it has been a blessing to be married to the one God intended for me for this many years. Many of my friends are just now beginning their families as they reach their early to mid 30's - some are just now considering marriage after they've finally completed college and gotten a career solidified. Though I see their reasoning - I can attest that the blessing of early marriage has meant a longer period of time with the one God chose for me. We have grown spiritually in the Lord side by side. We have pursued God's will in our marriage, parenting and personal lives. We have together faced joy and tragedy (in the loss of our baby Caleb) and we have seen God knit us together in an intimate and personal relationship with Him and each other.

This book attests to the fact that God had a plan in marriage. It was not that we take sex casual and "try on" different people until we find the right one. Nor was it for us to experience life and get it all together before settling down. God's intention for love and marriage is that two become one and in that relationship they experience life and grow together.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good thoughts that the church needs to hear.
Published 2 months ago by Isaac Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars I highly recommend this book
There are so many factors undermining marriage today and the even the voices of well meaning family and friends can add to that. Read more
Published 4 months ago by TBLG
1.0 out of 5 stars A vain attempt to create more Duggars.
Dangerous and without any data support. This is simply brainwashing to create more Duggar-style families, which is hardly anything to promote.
Published 5 months ago by Brock Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Insightful
A very freeing read for anyone in a Christian relationship!
Published 7 months ago by Jimmy Lee Cone II
5.0 out of 5 stars Wake up call!
As a mom of a high school senior and a college student, I have read a lot of courtship books. There are generally bits and pieces that ring true in most of them. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Homeschool Mom
5.0 out of 5 stars Eye opener
This book was truly a blessing. It was honest and really challenged my views on marriage and what it means to be an adult. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Simone Pickersgill
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book
This book was a great read for me. Out of all the Christian dating books I have tried to read this one related with me the most. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Violet
5.0 out of 5 stars Realistic and Necessary Challenge to Modern Ideas
I am 25 and my Fiancee is 23. We are actually a little older than the typical target audience of this book. Read more
Published 12 months ago by calypsocaleb
5.0 out of 5 stars new perspective
I think the Church as a whole has done this subject a great disservice. This book was refreshing! My hubby and two teens are going to read this for sure!!
Published 12 months ago by David Pump
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Recommend
This is a very well written book with applicable information for the serious young relationship and for the single as well. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Daniel Schadrac
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More About the Author

Ted Cunningham is the founding pastor of Woodland Hills Family Church in Branson, MO. He is the author of Trophy Child and Young and In Love and coauthor of four books with Dr. Gary Smalley: The Language of Sex; From Anger to Intimacy; Great Parents, Lousy Lovers and As Long as We Both Shall Live. He is a graduate of Liberty University and Dallas Theological Seminary. Ted and his wife, Amy, have been married for 15 years and live in Branson, MO with their two children, Corynn and Carson.

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